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IU Maurer School of Law to host China Law Forum, academy dedication Nov. 4

Oct. 30, 2014


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Four leading scholars from the China University of Political Science and Law and a sitting Chinese judge will visit the Indiana University Maurer School of Law next week as part of the new Academy for the Study of Chinese Law and Comparative Judicial Systems’ inaugural China Law Forum.

Scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4, the forum will coincide with the dedication of the academy, which will be based at the law school in Bloomington.

The forum begins at 1 p.m. and will conclude around 4 p.m. in the law school’s Faculty Conference Room, followed immediately by a dedication ceremony and reception in the Faculty Lounge. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie and China University of Political Science and Law Vice President Zhang Baosheng announced the academy’s establishment during a signing ceremony in Beijing in May. The academy will foster lecture and research exchanges between the two schools, which have a longstanding relationship dating back nearly two decades.

The visiting faculty from China University of Political Science and Law will present some of their research during the forum. Those participants and their respective topics include:

  • Vice President and Professor Zhang, “Reforming the Criminal Evidence System in China”
  • Professor Chang Lin, “The Forensic Service System in China”
  • Professor Bian Jianlin, “Reform and Implementation of China’s Criminal Procedure Law, Together With Protection of Human Rights”
  • Professor Thomas Man, “From Official de Facto Fact-Finder to Expert Witness: Transition of Forensic Examination in China”
  • Judge Qu Jianye, “The Changing Role of Chinese Courts in the Context of China’s Judicial Reform”

“The CUPL is widely considered China’s premier law school with some of the most esteemed faculty and students you’ll find,” said Austen L. Parrish, dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law of the Maurer School of Law. “The Academy for the Study of Chinese Law and Comparative Judicial Systems will enhance our reputation for preparing lawyers to be a part of the global marketplace and provide wonderful opportunities for exchanges.”

The China University of Political Science already offers a one-semester exchange program to Maurer students at either of its two Beijing campuses, and Maurer faculty and students are expected to begin spending time in China as early as this summer.

Man, a 1997 graduate of the law school and now one of China’s top foreign legal advisors, has been instrumental in the creation of the academy, Parrish said, as has Maurer School of Law professor Joseph Hoffmann.

“This new academy strengthens the bond between the Maurer School of Law and the China University of Political Science and Law, and it will offer students and faculty alike significant opportunities to develop international legal skills,” Man said. “I could not be happier to see this exchange develop or more excited for the future.”

Hoffmann, the Harry Pratter Professor of Law and director for strategic projects, agreed.

"We are delighted to join with our longtime partner, China University of Political Science and Law, in this exciting new initiative," he said. "The academy will enable us to work more closely and more often with our CUPL colleagues and will greatly enhance the opportunities for our faculty and students to learn about China and the Chinese legal system."

Both the China Law Forum and the academy dedication are open to the public, but seating is limited for the China Law Forum.